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Airport '77 (1977)

Preceded by: Airport 1975 (1975)
Succeeded by: The Concorde ... Airport '79

Director:
Jerry Jameson
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Disaster
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Airport 77 Flight 23 savnet
RUNNING TIME
113 minutes
Producer:
Jennings Lang
William Frye
Screenwriter:
Michael Scheff
David Spector


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Capt. Don Gallagher Jack Lemmon
Karen Wallace Lee Grant
Eve Clayton Brenda Vaccaro
Nicholas St. Downs III Joseph Cotten
Emily Livingston Olivia de Havilland
Philip Stevens James Stewart
Stan Buchek Darren McGavin
Martin Wallace Christopher Lee
Joe Patroni George Kennedy
Julie Kathleen Quinlan
Steve Tom Sullivan
Banker Monte Markham
Frank Powers Gil Gerard
Ralph Crawford James Booth
Dr. Williams M. Emmet Walsh

 

Review

This second sequel to Airport, after the box-office hit and critical flop Airport 1975, is less forceful almost to the point of making excuses for itself but at least it is a fairly credible and unpretentious flick, filled with a hall-of-fame of veteran Hollywood stars. Heading those is Jack Lemmon, who's able to be dependable in even the most unlikely of parts, such as this one, as a level-headed but remarkably heroic pilot. Around him, former Hollywood starlets are swooning and sobbing in the extremely luxurious and fashionable surroundings of a Boeing 747-100, whose fate is as doomed as the Airport series ultimately became. The film is more fascinating than fun, more tenable than tense, but at least it's never downright annoying or ludicrous. At this point in the disaster sub-genre, it seems everyone had accepted that disaster and death could (or even should) be meek, simple entertainment that didn't really leave a lasting impression. A sadly helpless James Stewart plays the owner of the airline, whose concern about his daughter and grandson on-board seems as trivial as his concern for a broken carburettor.

Copyright 12.10.2014 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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